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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

World News - Links

If you believe for one second that you will hear anything remotely resembling the true news on the MSM (Main Stream Media) - you will not. The MSM is a strong arm of the new world order which is now in the process of powering up.  The American people are being deliberately lied to, day after day.  Those who are still watching teevee need to turn it off and find the best internet news sources, of which there are many.

What is happening in the Ukraine is being perpetrated by NATO & the West as a means of portraying Russia as needing to be the target for a 3rd world war, and this is exactly where we are headed. This is a very dangerous situation and game the US and NATO are playing. CMR
 



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A Desperate Cry from Iraq's Christians

Anti-Israel protesters rally across France, defying ban imposed after synagogue clash

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Tens of thousands rally in London against Israel’s Gaza op

Obama Administration Suppresses Talk of Muslim Persecutions

NASA & Library of Congress prepare for discovery of ET & alien baptism

Stunning! CBS airs violently anti-Christian song

Mayflies of Biblical Proportions

Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates  (How fitting, since his equivalent will be the next world leader....)

 

 

 

 

 

Israeli Christians Call for Solidarity With Brothers in Iraq, Syria

From ISRAEL TODAY
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 |  Ryan Jones
Israeli Christians groups are growing frustrated over the world’s disproportionate focus on the current Gaza war, while all but ignoring the brutal slaughter and forced conversion of fellow Christians in Iraq and Syria.

“We call on the local councils of all Christian communities to announce five days of mourning and to paint all doors with the (Arabic) letter ”nun“ in solidarity with our people in Mosul, Iraq, where Christians were expelled, slaughtered and churches were burned,” read a Facebook post by the Israeli Christian Lobby.

There are widespread reports that the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) has begun painting the letter “nun” on the doors of all Christians homes and businesses ahead of a deadline given to Christians in Iraq to either convert to Islam, or face the sword.

Nowhere has this unchecked persecution been worse than in Mosul, the ancient city of Nineveh, which is home to one of the world’s oldest Christian communities. In the face of the Islamist State’s threats, most chose to flee, but not before many paid for their faith with their lives.

“For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians,” Patriarch Louis Sako, Iraq’s most senior Christian leader, said earlier this week.

The Israeli Christian Lobby noted that while this was happening in Iraq and Syria, local Arab leaders who claim to represent both Muslims and Christians remained silent, but demonstrated their hypocrisy when they suddenly screamed with outrage over Israel responding to terrorist rocket fire from Gaza.

The Arab leadership, the lobby insisted, “has demonstrated that it does not truly represent the Israeli Christians or even the Druze, but rather the Islamic agenda of the Arab public. We call on all Christians to wake up!”

The Israeli Christian Lobby is organizing a rally to take place in Haifa next Sunday evening in solidarity with Christians under attack in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the Middle East. 
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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Third Eye = Satanic Portal to The Demonic Realm

FROM AN INSIDER: 
One Who Has Been There ... And Back ...
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Obama To Force Christian Organizations To Hire Homosexuals


Obama Will Sign Executive Order Forcing Christian Organizations To Hire Homosexuals


By Theodore Shoebat

Obama will be signing an executive order forcing Christian organizations to hire homosexuals, since it will ban them from refusing to hire sodomites. Religious groups asked Obama for an exemption from such an injunction, but Obama refused them such a liberty. As we read from one report:
The order will allow some exemptions for religious groups that are federal contractors but not as much flexibility as the groups had wanted.
A religious organization would be barred from making hiring decisions based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
This means that religious organizations, on top of being forced to hiring an employee involved in a homosexual marriage, will be forced to also give benefits to that same homosexual couple. This signifies that the state will now be coercing Christians into supporting the homosexual cult of death. Professor Cathleen Kaveny of Boston College made this concern clear:
It is when a requirement is perceived as backing the church into a corner, as mandating that it approve of same-sex relations, that the conflicts will start. So a likely flash point will be a requirement to provide health benefits to same-sex married couples.
Government officials have made it clear that there will be no exemption given to religious organizations. According to the Wall Street Journal, under this executive order, “a Catholic organization could decline to hire someone for a nonreligious post because she wasn’t Catholic, but not because she was a lesbian.”
Senior officials have been quoted as saying:
You can use religion to only hire people who share your religion, but you can’t discriminate against somebody who is of your faith who happens to be LGBT, unless they fall within the ministerial exemption
This sort of reasoning is pure equivocation and deliberate confusion against Christian and eternal truths. One cannot be homosexual and be a Christian, it is an impossibility. A homosexual who says he is Christian, it not a Christian, but a liar, wolf in sheep’s clothing who comes “to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10)
This tyrannical measure was made by Obama after he made this equally despotic statement:
We have laws that say Americans can’t be fired on the basis of the color of their skin or their religion, or because they have a disability. But every day, millions of Americans go to work worried that they could lose their job, not because of anything they’ve done…but because of who they are… If Congress won’t act, I will.
Fourteen religious leaders, including some of Obama’s closest advisors, are demanding that an exemption be given to religious organizations.
Michael Wear, who worked in the Obama White House and on his 2012 campaign, organized a letter with numerous religious leaders combating Obama’s decision. In the letter it reads:
An executive order that does not include a religious exemption will significantly and substantively hamper the work of some religious organizations that are best equipped to serve in common purpose with the federal government. …When the capacity of religious organizations is limited, the common good suffers. … Americans have always disagreed on important issues, but our ability to live with our diversity is part of what makes this country great, and it continues to be essential even in this 21st-century,” the letter said. “Without a robust religious exemption . . . this expansion of hiring rights will come at an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity and religious freedom.
Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group in Arizona, rightly lamented the executive order:
We are deeply disappointed… An order like this will mandate that religious organizations abandon their religious freedom in order to contract with the federal government.
Some sodomite, shaking with pagan glee, praised Obama’s tyrannical decision, saying:
We’re so proud today of the decision made by the Obama administration to resist the calls by a small number of right-wing conservatives to insert religious exemptions into civil rights protections
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Common Foods at the Time of Jesus - Fascinating (+ NEWS & PERSECUTION LINKS)



Generally speaking, the Israelites of the time of Christ were frugal eaters. Frankly, until about 100 years ago, frugality in eating was more imposed than chosen. Food was more scarce and less convenient than it is today. Its availability was seasonal and all the elements needed to be made from scratch; even water needed to be hauled in from wells, etc.

Bread was the essential, basic food. So basic was it that in Hebrew “to eat bread” and “to have a meal” are the same thing. Bread was treated with great respect and many rules existed to preserve that reverence. Any crumbs larger than about the size of an olive were expected to be gathered, never simply discarded. Bread was never to be cut, always broken. 

The poor ate barley bread, while the rich ate bread of wheat. Flour was made by grinding barley or wheat grains between two millstones.  This was done in the home, almost always by women. Then the dough was made and worked in kneading troughs. To make the heavy barley bread rise, women used very strong millets and barley yeast. The loaves were usually made round, and thus one spoke of “a round of bread,” or simply “a round.” Because bread would quickly become moldy, one would only bake enough for a day or two.

Corn (grain) – Though the Bible mentions corn, it has nothing to do with what we call corn today. Such a crop was unknown in the Middle East. “Corn” in the Bible refers to what we call grain today.

Milk – Cows’ milk was rare, and in any case it was not liked as much as the more common milk of ewe lambs and of goats. Since milk tended to spoil quickly, cheese making was very common.

Honey was the sweetener that was used for most things. Cane sugar was unknown in the Holy Land. The source of honey was bees, which were colonized as they are today. Sap from various trees and the thickened juice of grapes (jelly) were also common sweeteners. So much honey was made in the Holy Land that some of it was exported.

Eggs – As for eggs, very few of them were eaten. The thought of eating eggs was something brought into the Holy Land only from the outside, especially the East. Eggs tended to be food only for the very wealthy. Indeed, the eating of poultry at all seems to have come to Jewish regions only after the exile in Babylon (587 – 500 BC).

Vegetables – The diet of ordinary people included a great many vegetables, beans and lentils foremost on the list. Cucumbers as well were very much esteemed. Onions were very popular.

Meat – There was far less meat consumed than is the case today. Meat was a food of luxury and only the wealthy ate a great deal of it. Poor people never slaughtered an animal for their own eating except when there was a family feast. Generally when such a feast approached an older animal was chosen and fattened up by feeding it grain. Such an animal spent its last months eating well and working little so that its muscles were softer and fattier. Goats and lambs provided the most common meat, but occasionally a calf (i.e., a cow) was slaughtered. The animal was usually roasted. Chickens were scarce while pigeons and turtledoves were cheap. Game was much sought after but generally only the wealthy ate much of it. Deer and gazelle were considered kingly dishes and peacock was reckoned a great delicacy.

Fish – For most common people fish was more important than meat. A typical meal consisted of bread and fish. This is illustrated by the miracle of the loaves and the fishes as well as the meal at the lakeside in Galilee at which Christ prepared fish over a charcoal fire. The Sea of Galilee had great quantities of fish, and fish were also gotten from the Mediterranean Sea. Since fish soon went bad it was often salted. The consumption of fish was so great that some of it had to be imported.

Locust – One of the most surprising forms of food was the locust. (But perhaps it is no stranger than some of the things we eat today such as frog’s legs, snails, and live oysters.) An ancient Jewish document claims that there were 800 different kinds of edible locust. Sometimes they were cooked rapidly in salt water and had a shrimp-like taste and color. Usually the head and legs were removed. Sometimes they were dried in the sun. After being dried, some were ground down to a powder known as locust powder, which tasted rather bitter and was often mixed with flour to make a much-prized bitter biscuit.

Butter (oil) - Butter was rarely used; olive oil was much more common. So abundant were olives and olive oil, that the excess was exported. Many olives were eaten directly, but others had the oil pressed from them using an oil press at home (see left). Olive oil was highly prized and many passages in the Bible hold it up as a symbol of strength and health.

Fruit – Fruit had an important place in the people’s diet. They had many melons and figs along with pomegranates, blackberries, and dates. Since fruit was in abundance, it was often exported as well.

Nuts – Nuts were also in some abundance, especially walnuts, almonds, and pistachios. As is done today, they were often roasted.

As for seasonings and other condiments, the ancient Jews seemed to like their food strongly seasoned. There was salt in abundance from the Dead Sea area and it was used to preserve certain foods. Other common spices were mustard, capers, cumin, rue, saffron, coriander, mint, dill, rosemary, garlic, onions, and shallots. Pepper, however, was scarce and expensive as was cinnamon, both of which came from the Far East.

Salted - Without refrigeration, fish, meat, and some vegetables were preserved by salting or pickling them.

Pork was absolutely forbidden as was rabbit and any meat with blood still in it. Meat had to be carefully drained of all blood, for it was believed that life was in the blood and life belonged to God.

Drinks – People drank water when it was pure, and spring water was strongly preferred to well water. Milk and vinegar diluted with water were also consumed. Juice from pomegranates or dates was a favorite. And a kind of light beer was made from barley and millets.

Wine was a very important staple; it is said that God himself first showed Noah how it was made. Vineyards and grapes were in abundance in ancient Israel. The grapes were occasionally eaten directly but most of them went toward making wine. Psalm 103:15 says that wine is joy to a man’s heart. The book of Proverbs (31:6-7) also prescribes that there should be wine for the afflicted hearts. In Ecclesiastes 31:27 the author wonders what kind of life one could lead without it. Indeed, the vine was a symbol for Israel in the Scriptures. Since wine was considered sacred, it had to be kosher, that is, made only by Jewish hands. Only red wine that was consumed in biblical times; there is not even one mention of white wine. Wine was always spoken of as having the color of blood and thus it was a deep red or purple color. They kept wine either in tall jars or in wineskins (made out of the hides of goats) with wooden stoppers. Wine was filtered before it was consumed. Just as is the case today, there were different qualities of wine: some drier, some sweeter, some considered inferior, some more desirable. They drink wine out of metal goblets or earthenware mugs; although glass was known, it was scarce and expensive

Wine in moderation was considered a great blessing but the ancient Jews were also well aware that excessive wine could be dangerous. Scripture is full of warnings about drunkenness. Nevertheless, wine was often consumed in some quantity because the water was often not pure. When Paul told Timothy to drink some wine to settle his stomach, he was alluding to the fact that water alone tended to cause the stomach to be sore and inflamed and to bring about either diarrhea or constipation. Wine had the medicinal effect of helping kill water-born bacteria (of which the ancients knew nothing) as well as that of cheering the heart.

Food of course was very seasonal in its availability. And thus the diet would be affected by the harvest cycles. Here is a rough timetable.

Mid-September: Plowing time
Mid-October to November: Olive harvest
Mid-November: Grain is planted. Rainy season begins.
February: Flax harvest
Late March: Barley harvest
May: Wheat harvest
Mid-June: Figs
July: Grapes and vintage
August: Dates and late figs

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Mark of Chrstian Being Forced on Iraqis

I suggest you read the article at the original site - lots of pictures; click on title below. CMR

Shoebat Foundation
By Walid Shoebat And Theodore Shoebat 

The black writing says “Property of the Islamic State” but the red spray paint is a specific mark. No it is not a smiley face but the Arabic letter “N” for Nusrani (Nazarene/Christian). Nazarene was actually the term Roman pagans, especially the Roman tyrant Julian the Apostate, used when referring to the ancient Christians. Now the Muslim pagans are using it today when killing and tyrannizing the Christians. 

While the Muslims mark themselves on their foreheads and right arms with the banners of Allah, the Christians are beginning to be forced to have the mark of “Christian”.

And while such persecution is a curse, such suffering is a blessing since “Christian” is the mark of God.

Markings are important and stem from ancient history. During the 4th century pagan king Julian, who was so vindictive toward the Christians that he wrote a book entitled, Against the Christians, in which he chided them for rejecting the idolatrous shield, for drawing the Cross (the mark of God) on their foreheads, and for worshiping Jesus. 

The Bible is clear that the true Christians eventually will have the mark of God on their foreheads. (Rev. 14:1, Rev. 22:4, Rev. 9:4). 

But what we discovered in Iraq is reminiscent to an impending holocaust and is what happened to the Jews in Germany before they were set for extinction: 

I have written about this coming epidemic in my first writings “Israel and the World’s Mock Trial” nearly two decades ago in which I explained the reason of these markings on Christian homes in Iraq is that in Islam Christians and Jews must wear identifiable clothing and live in a clearly marked house and must not build their houses in the neighborhood of Muslims. (See Sunan Abu Daud, Book 38, #4390). 

The situation has become a prelude to what happened in Nazi Germany and today who in the West is talking about the marking of Christian homes in Iraq? No one. Recently, some 20 Christian leaders reportedly agreed to the conditions made by the Islamists, including payment of a twice-yearly protection tax, ranging from about $125 to $500, depending on personal income levels. 

Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom in Washington, expanded on the restrictions in the National Review. “They are forbidden from reading scripture indoors loud enough for Muslims outside to hear, and the practice of their faith must be confined within the walls of their remaining churches, not exercised publicly (at, for example, funeral or wedding processions),” wrote Ms. Shea, who characterized the requirements as returning to rules attributed to the seventh-century caliphate. 

Shea was speaking of the Omar Charter. Throughout the centuries the Jews suffered by the founders of the Islam faith to this day. The infamous Omar Charter declared:
The necks of Dhimmis (Jew and Christians with no rights in the land) are to be sealed when collecting the Jezzieh (tax imposed on Jews and Christians). The method of sealing is to bind the necks of the person with a collar, in it is a piece of lead, stamped on it the amount of his payment, the collar is not to be broken until the payment is completed. This is in accordance to the Quranic verse ‘Until they pay the Jezzieh by an upper hand, may they be subjugated (humiliated)’…And if the person was a Jew, he must wear on his shoulder a red or yellow banner, so he is recognized as a Jew. And if the person is a Christian, he needs to wear harsh clothes, with a large pocket in the chest area like women. As for Christian women, they must wear shoes with different colors, one black and the other white. And if a Jew or a Christian goes into a public bath, he must wear an iron, copper, or lead made collar around his neck so he can be identified from Muslims. Never a Jew or a Christian can build houses higher than a Muslim. They are not to crowd public roads but need to use narrow alleyways, and small streets. They are not to be saluted, nor their graves can be extended beyond the surface of the ground. 

While the US is paying lip service. The ultimatum given to Christians in Syria and Iraq is but the most recent casualty of the West’s inaction. 

It is amazing that during today’s demonstrations, Islamists and the liberal left wave the slogan 
Zionism = Nazism, yet a comparison between Nazi law toward Jews, and Dhimmi Law (Jews and other citizens with no rights) in the Omar Charter will reveal a true commonality: 

Nazism: Jews need to wear a mark on their clothing to identify them as Jews. The Star of David for identification with the word (Jude) (must be) on the chest. A yellow banner is to be fixed around the shoulder or arm, as to be recognized as a Jew. They must live in the Jewish Ghettos. 

Islam: Dhimmis (Jews & Christians) must wear identifiable clothing and live in a clearly marked house. For Jews, a yellow banner is to be fixed around the shoulder or arm, as to be recognized as a Jew. [1] 

Nazism: Jews are not permitted to serve in the army or navy. They are not allowed to bear arms.
Islam: He must not ride a horse or bear arms. He must yield the right-of-way to Muslims.  

Nazism: Jews cannot hold public offices, whether national, state, or municipal, salaried or honorary, (they) are closed to Jews. Jews cannot be Judges in criminal and disciplinary cases. Jews cannot serve on juries. (Lucy Dawidowicz, The War Against The Jews, Anti-Jewish Legislation, p. 72.)

Islam: Dhimmis (Jews & Christians) cannot be a witness in a legal court except in matters relating to other “Dhimmis” (Jews & Christians) or be a judge in a Muslim court.  

Nazism: As compensation for the protection that Jews enjoy as aliens, they must pay double the taxes the Germans pay. (Ibid., p. 75.) 

Islam: As compensation for the protection that Dhimmis (Jews & Christians) enjoy, they must pay “Jizzieh,” a special tax to be imposed on Dhimmis (Jews & Christians) only.  

Nazism: Marriage to Jews is prohibited. Adoption of Jews and by Jews is prohibited. (Ibid., p. 84.)

Islam: A Jew cannot be the guardian of a Muslim child, or the owner of a Muslim slave.
Nazism: Jews must live in Ghettos. 

Islam: They may not build their houses in the neighborhood of Muslims.  

But perhaps it is time for the Christian Arabs to recognize that there is something in common between them and the Jewish people. That such persecution that was targeting the Jews has come to the Christians. It is as they say in the Middle East, Saturday people first and Sunday people next. It is perhaps time for Christians in the Middle East to stop listening to the decades of anti-Israel propaganda: the two sects of the Bible are equally targeted regardless if one of the two refuses to agree with the other. 

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Will Some "Christians" Miss The Rapture?

I posted this about three weeks ago, but since it is the Number One concern I have these days I don't want anyone to miss it. CMR

The Meaning of the Parable of the Ten Virgins – Some “Christians” Will Miss The Rapture


Matthew 25 Ten Virgings | The Meaning of the Parable of The Ten Virgins
The parable of the Ten Virgins is a very important end times prophecy.
The Book of Matthew chapters 24 and 25 are an extensive prophetic teaching on the end times by Jesus Christ. The parable of the ten virgins is a direct reference to the Rapture of the Church – the removal of all born again Christians, dead and alive from the Earth, into the clouds to meet the Lord Jesus and be taken to Heaven until the Second Coming and Armageddon. In this parable Jesus teaches an important and startling lesson: some Christians will miss the Rapture and be left behind to experience God’s wrath unleashed on Earth during the end times Day of The Lord.
The Parable

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. – Matthew 25:1-13.
As explained in our article on the Red Moon Rapture, one of the purposes of the Rapture is for the spiritual wedding and union of Jesus Christ with the Church, referred to as “the Bride of Christ” in scripture.  Jesus finishes describing the Rapture in Matthew 24 and  continues in chapter 25 with a parable about the Rapture. This is why verse 1 of chapter 25 begins with the word “Then.” It is a continuation of the thought from the end of Chapter 24, which is the Rapture (this is critical to understanding the proper context of the parable). In Chapter 25 Jesus is addressing two factions within the church – those who are true, faithful believers, and those who call themselves Christians but are not and will be left behind at the Rapture.

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Jesus divides the ten virgins into 2 groups:  the wise – who represent faithful, born again Christians, and the foolish, who are members of the Apostate Christian church that claims the name of Christ but do not believe or in some cases, even understand the Biblical Gospel. The imagery of virgins and the bridegroom is a clear reference to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in which Jesus Christ, the bridegroom will spiritually join with His bride, the Church (this is explained in detail in our article on the Red Moon Rapture).

Gospel of Matthew 25 | Meaning of the Parable of the 10 Virgins
The Gospel of Matthew Chapters 24 and 25 are a series of prophecies.
Jesus referred to Himself as the bridegroom earlier in Matthew:

Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. – Matthew 9:14-15.
John The Baptist confirmed the same of Jesus in the book of John:

Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. – John 3:28-29.
The Church Is The Bride of Christ. The Apostle Paul gives this description:

For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. — 2 Corinthians 11:2.
With this Scriptural background, it can be clear that the virgins awaiting the groom are symbolic of the Church. And the groom is Jesus Christ.

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
The midnight cry of the groomsmen that the groom has arrived is an element of the traditional Hebrew wedding in which the groom, after giving a dowry, goes to his father’s home to prepare a bridal chamber for his bride. Jesus made reference to this exact tradition in John 14:

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. – John 14:1-3.
Jesus, who at present resides in Heaven, has prepared a place for His bride, the Church. And at the Rapture, Jesus will come to the clouds and receive the raptured church, to return to Heaven and the Bridal chamber, where the church will be kept safe during the Day of The Lord (also known in Scripture as the Great Tribulation), which starts at the opening of the 6th Seal of Revelation Chapter 6.
Thus getting back to the parable, the groom returns at an hour and day his father selects. And the bride does not know when this time will be and thus has to remain prepared at any hour for the bridegroom’s arrival. This arrival is signaled by a shout at which time the bridegroom arrives and “snatches” the bride to return to the Bridal chamber in his father’s house (the astute Bible student will already notice the numerous Biblical references in this tradition). In the parable, the bridegroom has arrived but only 5 of the virgins are prepared for his arrival. The others, who are caught off guard and unprepared, try to ask the wise virgins for their oil.

But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
This passage incorporates many of the same themes in the letters to the 7 churches in Asia in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. In these letters, Jesus gives praise and reprimands but gives several warnings that those Christians who do not repent and believe will miss the rapture and be left behind for the judgments of the wrath of God during the Day of The Lord. But why do some Christians make the Rapture and some are left behind? What is the difference that makes one wise or foolish? We will start by looking at the church of Laodicea:

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and I will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. – Revelation 3:14-19.
This church, which received no praise from Jesus, has one defining characteristic – they think they are Christians, but in fact they are not. Like the foolish virgins, this church is urged to “buy” something to help their bad situation. In the case of the five virgins they are told to buy oil, which is symbolic of the Holy Spirit that is given to all born again Christians at the moment they are believers.
The Laodicean church is told to buy “gold” from Jesus, representing eternal riches over worldly, temporal wealth. And the “white garments” are worn by the raptured church in Heaven, as seen in Revelation chapter 7 (this is discussed in detail in our article on the timing of the Rapture). In both cases these groups of pseudo-Christians do not have what is necessary to be a part of the true church – a saving faith in the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. The idea of “buying” the Spirit is of course metaphorical language that was also used in the Old Testament:


“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” – Proverbs 23:23.
The Word of Truth is the Gospel, from the God of Truth, proclaiming Jesus, who is The Truth (John 14:6), which people are led to by the Spirit of Truth. Thus the idea is to place a high value on the Gospel over worldly desires, riches and pursuits. And this is where the foolish virgins have erred.
For both groups of false Christians, a door – a major symbol in Rapture prophecy in Scripture, is present. The five virgin are locked out of a door. The Laodicean church are told that Jesus is knocking on their door waiting to be invited in. In either case, they are on the wrong side of the door.
Contrast this with the church of Philadelphia, who are praised for their faith by Jesus:

I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.- Revelation 3:9-10.
These faithful Christians are told that the door is open to them and “no man can shut it,” indicating that they will escape the end times judgments of God’s wrath at the Day of The Lord. This is confirmed in the very next verse when Jesus says: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” This is a reference to the wrath of God being poured out on the entire world during the Day of The Lord. This church will not experience this because they will be raptured. Thus the symbolism of the door being shut indicates that the foolish virgins will be left behind with the rest of the unbelieving world.
“I Know You Not”

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The foolish virgins are too late for the wedding.

Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. – Matthew 25:11-12.
The foolish virgins, who were not present when the bridegroom arrived (they were out trying to buy oil), come to the door and pleaded with the groom to let them in. But they are told by Jesus “Verily I say unto you, I know you not.” This is a parallel response to another teaching Jesus gives about false Christians:

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. – The Lord Jesus Christ, speaking in Matthew 7:21-23.
In this chilling passage, Jesus again references a group of people who believe they are Christians, but they in actuality are not. Notice that like the foolish virgins they address Jesus as “Lord, Lord.” This group then proceeds to proclaim their works as the basis for their salvation, telling Jesus of the miracles and other “great things” they did in His name (showing they do not understand the Gospel – as Christians are saved by faith in Christ, not their own works and good deeds). Jesus’ reply to their plea is very similar in both instances – He does not know them. In other words, they are not a part of the true Christian church. This passage highlights the important point, that in the body of Christianity, there are many who profess and appear to be Christian but in reality Jesus Christ does not know them. They are not born again and they will be left behind at the Rapture.
In the book of Matthew Jesus provided insight into why He does not know some of those who call Him “Lord, Lord”:


Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 10:32-33.
Christians should ask themselves: do you proclaim Jesus Christ to others? Do the people around you know you are a Christian? Do you share the Gospel and the open belief that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the only way to heaven? Are you a part of a Bible-believing church where you are readily identified as believer? Bible commentator Jonathan Gill said of this passage:

This, I say, may be included in the sense of these words; but what they chiefly relate to, is a confession of Christ by his ministers [all Christians], in the public preaching of the Gospel; who ought openly, and boldly, to acknowledge, and declare, that Christ is truly and properly God, the eternal Son of God, the only mediator between God and men, the Saviour and Redeemer of lost sinners; through whose blood alone is the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of grace; by whose righteousness only men can be justified before God; and by whose sacrifice and satisfaction sin is only expiated; that he died for, and in the room and stead of his people, rose again for their justification, ascended to heaven in their name, is set down at the right hand of God, and ever lives to make intercession for them, and will come again, and judge both quick and dead: such a free and open confession of Christ ought to be made by all his [Christians] before men, and in spite of all the rage and opposition of earth and hell; and such shall not fail of being taken notice of, and requited by Christ; (source).
Outer Darkness
Though the door is shut on the foolish virgins, they still have time to make a plea to Jesus. And Jesus responds back by saying He does not know them. Thus the punishment of the foolish virgins is not bring destroyed in hell, otherwise they would no longer have a chance to make their case. Similarly the false Christians in Matthew 7, are also given a chance to make a plea to Jesus. And the church of Laodicea, for all their faults, are told that if they repent from their wicked ways, they will be rewarded. This underscores that the punishment for those who are pseudo-Christians who are alive at the start of the end times is that they will miss the Rapture and suffer through the Day of The Lord and the reign of the Antichrist that occur after the Rapture. Although it is not mentioned in the parable of the Ten Virgins, in other parables, Jesus describes being left behind at the Rapture as being cast into “outer darkness.” Here are several examples:

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. – Matthew 25:29-30.
And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come… And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. — Matthew 22:1-13.
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. – Luke 13:24-28.
Many of the same themes are in this passage: the door being shut, wedding garments, pseudo-believers missing the door before it closes and knocking as they plead to be let in, tie in with Rapture symbolism. As well as Jesus again telling a group of people He does not know them. And like those cast into outer darkness in the Matthew 25 passage above, there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” This serves as another indicator that “outer darkness” is not hell or the lake of fire, but is rather being left in the world during the time of the Day of The Lord/Great Tribulation.
Looking to the Old Testament descriptions of the Day of The Lord, Jesus’ use of the phrase “outer darkness” becomes even more compelling:


Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. – Amos 5:18.
The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,- Zephaniah 1:14-15.

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. – Joel 2:1-2.    [B&E: Note that Jesus quotes this passage in Matthew 24 describing the Day of The Lord as being a time of tribulation “such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”]
Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? — Amos 5:20.

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. -  1 Thessalonians 5:2-5.
The language consistency of the Bible is remarkable. In passage after passage, the judgments of the Day of The Lord are described as “darkness.” In the New Testament the Apostle Paul in the passage directly above incorporates it by drawing a contrast between born again Christians who will escape the Day of The Lord being in light and those unbelievers who will suffer the wrath of God at the Day of The Lord, being overtaken by “darkness.” Do Not Miss The Wedding


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As explained in our article, the Red Moon Rapture, one of the main purposes of the Rapture is for the marital ceremony of Jesus Christ, the bridegroom and His Bride, the Church, which will start in Heaven and culminate at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb on Earth at the start of the Millennial Kingdom. Jesus uses Old Testament Hebrew idioms to make this clear in Matthew 24 and continues explaining the Rapture with the Parable of the Ten Virgins.
Many commentaries and articles say this parable has nothing to do with the Rapture, but when the Biblical context is fully understood it is clear that it is indeed a very somber and chilling warning against those who believe they are Christians but are not, and will miss the Rapture. It is critical for Christian today to make sure they believe the true Gospel. It is only through faith in Jesus Christ (the Jesus Christ that is preached in the Bible – not “another Jesus” of a pastor’s invention), and His atoning sacrifice on the cross, that one’s sins can be forgiven. Jesus made it clear that many people are in churches today who He does not know.
With numerous heresies being preached, churches changing God’s Word to suit their tastes and political leanings, pastors focusing more on worldly entertainment than the Bible and a host of money-centered, “me-focused”, prosperity doctrines running rampant, the Church is indeed raising a generation of people who call Jesus “Lord, Lord”  but do not know Him through Scripture. Do not be deceived. Study the Bible in a good version. Understand that everything in Christianity is centered on Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross achieves everything before God for a Christian. There is no salvation in any other name, including your own. It is maintaining this true faith in Jesus, who died for all sins (including those acts that society today no longer believes are sin) that leads to salvation. Be mindful of the praise Jesus gave to the Church of Philadelphia, who will never have the door to Heaven closed to them:


for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name…. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” – Revelation 3:8-10.
The word of Christ’s patience is The Gospel. It is the testament of God’s love and patience with humanity. It declares the patience of Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, who endured torture, beatings, humiliation, false accusations and death of the cross, to save humanity from its sin. That same Jesus Christ is alive and now sits at the Right Hand of The Father who will make Jesus’ enemies His footstool at which point Jesus will return after patiently waiting for the coming of His kingdom on Earth. The same Gospel that all of the disciples were persecuted and murdered for (save for John so he could write the book of Revelation). The same Gospel many Christians throughout the years have been martyred for. Do not compromise the Gospel. Believe it. And live it. All blessings Christians receive are through the Gospel. The Kingdom of Jesus Christ’s Gospel is not this fallen, cursed world, but the future Millennial Kingdom where He ruled in righteousness and His believers should set their hearts on that world, not this one.
All the “prosperity” in this world and the next are through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. He has earned it, which is why it only takes “a little strength” to receive eternal rewards. Proclaim the name of Jesus Christ to the world and make sure Jesus knows you and you too can be kept safe from the coming hour of temptation.


For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee. – Isaiah 62:5.